Saturday, July 21, 2018

Federica/Simon Wedding (SRF Temple and Darlington House)

On Friday we went to the Encinitas SRF Temple for Federica and Simon's Wedding. We arrived early so Tori could help the Bride get ready. Since Federica's father passed away many years ago, her mother walked her down the aisle instead. This was my first time attending a Self-Realization Fellowship Wedding and except for the officiant being an orange-clad monk, it was very familiar ceremony with vows, exchange of rings and the final kiss as husband and wife.

After the ceremony, we drove down to La Jolla for the reception. The Darlington House was built in 1925 and is now owned by the non-profit Social Service League which uses the proceeds from private events held in the large home to support their low-income senior housing next door.

After exploring the historic house, we tried not eat too many appetizers before the main meal. I failed since I had at least eight of the delicious bite-sized morsels being served by the wandering waiters.

Despite the recent heat waves, the wedding fell on a perfect day. After drinks in the open bar, we headed to our table for dinner around 5pm. Both Simon and Federica told touching and funny stories about how they first met.

Despite all the appetizers, I managed to go back for seconds at dinner. I don't know if I danced it all off later, but I gave it a shot. The cake was delicious. It was a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

AcroYoga - Big LeMoi Washing Machine

We have been working on Big LeMoi for awhile now and it is finally starting to click. This washing machine starts in Reverse Inside Side Star, transitions to Throne and then back to Reverse Inside Side Star on the other foot before repeating itself. Big LeMoi always felt scary and unstable until we started doing regular Side Star drills every practice.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

AcroYoga - Nunchucks Washing Machine

We have made big improvements with Nunchucks this past week. This washing machine is a combination of Bird and Reverse Back Fly. We first learned it in a class at the AcroLove Festival in 2017 but it was always pretty awkward for us. We learned a lot studying the Patreon lesson of Jacob Brown and Debbie Collis. We have now found a better balance point so Tori is much lighter in my hands. I don't need to rest my elbows on the ground anymore as Tori flies behind my legs and she practicality pops back up without a lot of effort on my part.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

AcroYoga - Noah the Reluctant Flyer

I love basing but flying is definitely out of my comfort zone. Here is Jesse basing me in my first Mono Reverse Star.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Trapeze High Spring Spectacular Show

Trapeze High Spring Spectacular Show was this weekend and while I didn't fly or catch this time, I took photos and videos for the performers.

Before the Flying Trapeze began, there were several circus acts to warm up the crowd. Tatum began with her Quick Change Act before Isaac performed his Balloon and Balancing Acts. Cami's wowed the crowd with her contortions before joining Vanessa, Maya and Tatum for their Acro Girls performance under the trapeze net.

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There was lots of great flying with a big variety of tricks! Isaac, Tommy, Chris, and Nick worked hard to catch all the Flyers in their troupes.

Lianna - Layout Catch (Catcher - Isaac)

Angela - Uprise

Lianna - Double

Jessica - Cutaway Half

Tatum - Legs Catch (Catcher - Tommy)

Vanessa - Splits Catch (Catcher - Tommy)

Gina - Turnaround

Reese - Whip

Celeste - Birdie

Betty - Knee Hang Catch (Catcher - Chris)

Jeri - Pump Shoot Catch (Catcher - Chris)

Cami - Splits Catch (Bonus Trick: Holding an upside down standing splits in Chris’ hand.)

Gina - Half Time Full Twisting Straight Jump Catch (Catcher - Chris)

Reese - Shooting Star Catch (Catcher - Chris)

Cami - Russian Splits

Chris - Cradle Net Trick

Trapeze High Show Performers Line-Up

Here is the Highlights Video I created from my GoPro Camera that I placed up high on the Trapeze rig next to the Catch Trap. I was curious how all the flying trapeze tricks would look all cut together rapid-fire and I think it came out pretty well.

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After the Trapeze performance, Lianna and Kenny demoed a two-person Kiiker Swing for any of the audience who wanted to try it. For those not confident enough to attempt it on their own, they could go over the top with a more experienced swinger.

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Come take a class at Trapeze High and start learning these fun tricks too!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Trapeze & Kiiker (Welk Spring Fling Festival)

This is the second year that Trapeze High has set up their rig on the golf course of the Welk Resort. To get it ready for the weekend Spring Fling Festival, we erected the rig on Friday. The crane bars went up pretty quickly but it took until 4 to finish setting up the net.

The festival opened at noon on Saturday and I worked up on the board for the first two hours while Tori manned the waivers tent. I spent most of the time lifting little kids so they could reach the bar. Lots of new flyers were able to try flying trapeze for the first time. Hopefully, they will be excited enough by this taste of circus to come take a class at Trapeze High in Escondido where they will learn some tricks and have them caught by a catcher.

Dave set up his new 11' Kiiking Swing next to the Trapeze Rig. While a lot of people attempted it, only a few managed to get over the top. Squatting over and over again against the heavy g-forces at the bottom of the swing is a hardcore legs workout! Dave and Lianna strapped in several times to demonstrate for the crowd. After coming down from a shift on the trapeze rig, Dave asked if I wanted to demo it as well. This was only my second time on the Kiiker but I had much more control this time. No more yelps of fear as I went over the top. Ha!

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Deer Park Monastery Hike (with Trapeze Fun)

Tori and I went out to Trapeze High and went for hike up to Deer Park Monastery with Lindsay. The Vietnamese Buddhist Sanctuary was founded in 2000 by the followers of the 91 year old monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. It was a 1.7 mile hike up into the 400 acre property to reach the small white statue of Buddha. Chimes hung from the trees, with decorative rocks spread out to form a small labyrinth, a butterfly and the word, Love.

Nearby, a small three tiered Pagoda overlooks the hills of Escondido. We relaxed on the cushions inside, listening to the small singing bells before hiking back down. I had forgotten my shoes so it was a bit tough on my sandaled feet during the last section of the 3.4 mile hike.

Before the hike, I flew for the first time with the heavy bar. The thinner bar was torture on my hands until Lindsay lent me her grips. With my legs almost straight, the video below was my best Man Splits of the day. I also climbed up into the catch trap and did some locks. I felt a little dizzy after 5 so I came down. I hope this dizziness isn't a reoccurring thing for me.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

AcroYoga - Revolutions Washing Machine

Tori and I working on Revolutions at Swami's Beach. This washing machine is an extension of the 3 Step Rotisserie, where the flyer is rotated transversely out of a one-legged sideways Back Fly into Inside Side Star before hip rotating in Rotisserie back to Back Fly. We both really like this one that we learned from Jacob Brown and Debbie Collis.

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Sunday, March 04, 2018

AcroYoga - Propeller Washing Machine

The Propeller washing machine rotates between Bird and Reverse Bird with a tricky 5th position step that Tori and I had to practice over and over again to get right.

Base View of the Propeller Washing Machine.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cabrillo National Monument (Bayside Trail and Point Loma Tidepools)

Today, Tori and I went to Cabrillo National Monument on the tip of the Point Loma peninsula with Chad and Nicole. Even though I have been to the monument several times, none of us had ever gone down the two mile Bayside Trail. The trail used to be a military access road and we stopped at the old Searchlight Shelter that housed a giant 60-inch searchlight that illuminated the entrance to the San Diego Harbor during World War II. It sat on a 75 foot narrow-gauge track that allowed the men to wheel it out of the shelter at night. Further down the trail was the small power plant holding the gas generators that powered the two searchlights on the point. It was a beautiful day with great views across the bay to North Island Naval Air Station.

After our short hike, we drove down to the Point Loma Tidepools on the ocean side of the peninsula. It was close to the 10am high-tide so most of the pools were still covered with crashing waves. Since we couldn't study the tidal ecosystem up close, we practiced our Standing Acrobatic poses on the cliff rocks instead. Our Reverse Thighstand looked like the scene from the bow of the Titanic.

Following the coastal path, we spotted several seals swimming out in the surf. I attempted to take a picture of a small wave splashing into the rocks below me and it sprayed me down petty good. It was our first time visiting this lovely spot despite living in San Diego our whole lives. There were a lot of sail boats off the coast. I am pretty sure we saw the giant foiling wingsail of a racing catamaran. The single black sail towered over the surrounding boats as it quickly overtook them out on the water.

There was about fifty cars waiting in line to enter the park when we left so I am glad we came earlier at 10am. We were all starving so we went for tacos at Barrio Star.  I love their corn tortillas.